Berlin Airlift and Floyd Bennett Field   2006-10-24

 

Now on Saturday there was an antique plane show at Floyd Bennett Field in southern Brooklyn, now part of Gateway National Park.   This originally was built as the first airport in NYC and later was used by the military from WW II to the early 70's when it closed.

 

The most interesting plane was a flying museum, a restored C-54 that participated in the Berlin Airlift in 1948-49, and inside of it is a museum dedicated to that event:

 

 

 




Web photos with better views of the aircraft:

 

 

 

A typical C-54 in action during the airlift:

 

 

Floyd Bennett Field in 1931 upon opening:

 

 

Plaque dedicated to Wiley Post, first solo flight around the world, started from Floyd Bennett Field:

 

 


Also started from Floyd Bennet:

 

Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan (January 22, 1907–December 9, 1995) was an American aviator born in Galveston, Texas. In 1938, after a transcontinental flight from Long Beach, California, to New York, he flew from Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, New York, to Ireland, even though he was supposed to be returning to Long Beach. He claimed that his unauthorized flight was due to a navigational error, caused by heavy cloud cover that obscured landmarks and low-light conditions, causing him to misread his compass. Corrigan, however, was a skilled aircraft mechanic (he was one of the builders of Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis) and a habitual risk-taking maverick; he had made several modifications to his own plane, preparing it for transatlantic flight. Between 1935 and 1937, he applied several times, unsuccessfully, for permission to make a nonstop flight from New York to Ireland, and it is likely that his "navigational error" was a protest against government "red tape"; however, he never publicly acknowledged having flown to Ireland intentionally.

 

 

 

Current view of Floyd Bennet main building and control tower:

 




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